Dental Tips Blog

Sep
22

Bone Grafting – What and Why?

Posted in Dental Implants

A bone graft is when an oral surgeon places new bone material in a part of your jaw when it doesn’t have enough.

This process comes in handy for things like:

  • Preparing a site for a dental implant
  • Rebuilding the jaw to support a denture
  • Repairing areas damaged by trauma or disease

Getting a bone graft could mean improving the function of your mouth and even enhancing the look of your smile or face.

The graft material could be taken from your own jaw or another body site. It might also be of animal origin, from another human, or some other synthetic material that stimulates the growth of new bone.

So how do you know if you need a grafting procedure?

Ultimately, only your dentist or oral surgeon can make that call.

If you need treatment such as dentures or an implant, you will find out well in advance whether bone grafting is part of the process.

There’s a good chance you’ll be told you need bone grafting if you have:

  • Been missing teeth for many years
  • A history of severe gum disease
  • Been told that you don’t have enough bone to support an implant

Being told you may need a bone graft isn’t even the end of the matter. You may be able to avoid one, altogether.

Some dental implants, for example, are designed to get a secure hold in minimal amounts of bone.

The bottom line is that bone grafting is a very straightforward procedure. Your surgeon will carefully explain your options and you’ll be on your way to a new smile!

Ask your dentist for more facts on bone grafting if you’ve got a list of smile restoration procedures.

Posted on behalf of:
Mendota Springs Dentistry
6317 McKee Rd #500
Fitchburg, WI 53719
(608) 957-7709

Dec
26

Do I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Is there concern over whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants? Many people are turned away from implants because they do not have a healthy amount of bone structure in place.

Fortunately, bone grafts can be useful in strengthening the jawbone so that an implant can be supported. Grafts can come in many different styles. Some types of grafts use bone taking from another area of your body, while others come from a donor or are made of synthetic materials.

If you are having a tooth extracted prior to your implant placement, the graft can be placed at the time of the extraction to prevent additional loss of bone support. Or a separate grafting surgery can be performed. Usually graft surgery causes about the same amount of discomfort that you would feel following having a tooth pulled.

Placing a bone graft into your jaw will help the area become strong enough to support an implant. The graft will fuse with your surrounding bone and trigger new bone growth in the process.

Once the implant is installed, the titanium root will amplify the new bone growth process. How? By a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when titanium triggers new bone development around it, fusing the implant into place permanently.

Alternatives for traditional implants may also be available for some people with inadequate bone levels. For instance, Zygomatic dental implants or mini dental implants are appropriate in certain types of situations.

See your dentist to find out if a bone graft or alternative dental implant treatment is your best choice. You might be surprised!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Sep
8

Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you been told that you have bone loss? Are you considering getting dental implants, but worry that the lack of bone support will prevent you from being a candidate for the treatment? If that’s the case – a bone graft may be the solution.

Why Bone Grafts are Necessary

If bone loss has occurred due to gum disease, medical conditions or age, it may leave your jaw too weak to support a dental implant. Even though implants encourage new bone growth, it is not enough to independently support it.  In these cases, extra bone will need to be added to the implant site before the actual implant is placed. 

How They Make Implants a Reality

The bone graft comes from another location in your own body, or from a donor source. Once the bone is grafted in to place, it stimulates new bone growth and fuses with the jaw. This creates a denser, higher quality area of the bone where an implant would be more successful.

After the implant is installed, osseointegration (new bone growth that fuses around the implant) takes place. Not only does this permanently fuse the implant into the jaw, but it also compliments the integrity of the bone surrounding the implant.

Having a bone graft completed can make the entire difference between having an implant and something like a denture or bridge. Implants are the longest lasting restorative option when it comes to rebuilding your smile. Find out more about the bone graft process and how it can make implants an option for you. Call your implant dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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